Once known as the Gordon Castle
Setter, the Gordon
Setter was bred to be a sportsman's dog. He is a bird dog and
was bred to find and point game birds for the hunter. The early Gordon
Setters may also have done some sheep herding.
The Gordon Setter is the
heaviest of the setters, developed to work in dense undergrowth and over
uneven ground. A sturdy,
well-muscled dog, he has the stamina to search for his quarry over rugged
highland terrain. The adult Gordon Setter stands up to 27 inches tall.
His coat is shiny coal black and has rich chestnut-red markings. He has long hair or feathers on
his chest, body, legs, and tail, and requires regular brushing.
the other setters, the Gordon Setter is known for his expressive face and exuberant,
enthusiastic personality. He is a spirited animal with boundless energy
who thrives on human companionship and attention. This is not a dog to be
left alone for long periods. A loyal, devoted, and loving dog, he makes a
better watchdog than the other setters as he is naturally a little wary of
strangers. The Gordon Setter gets along very well with children when
raised with them and is naturally protective of them.
The Gordon Setter is intelligent but can
be stubborn. Blind obedience has never been the setter style. He does best with a consistent and loving approach to
training as he is a sensitive dog. This dog requires an outlet for his
tireless energy. Plenty of good romping room and long runs will ensure
that he remains healthy, well-balanced, and manageable.